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 The NVC Training Institute

 Announcing the Grand Finale for our
Living Energy of Needs
retreats:  2012 

  We are pleased to be offering two of our 7-day retreats in 2012 (see next section for details), and we would like to let you know about changes we are making starting in 2013.

   As you might know, the NVC Training Institute was founded in 2000 by Robert Gonzales, Susan Skye, Towe Widstrand and Wes Taylor to provide in-depth training worldwide in Nonviolent Communication. (the team has since grown to include Gregg
Kendrick, Gina Lawrie and Jeff Brown, while
NVCTI Trainers 
Left to right: Wes Taylor, Robert Gonzales, Susan Skye
and Gina Lawrie at our "Living Energy of Needs"
in Switzerland in October 2011.
Towe retired from the team in 2007).

   Since that time, we have organized and delivered more than 35 residential retreats in eight countries including Denmark, Sweden,
the U.K., Switzerland, Canada, Germany and throughout the U.S.

   The year 2012 will be a grand finale for us, at least in terms of how we have worked together thus far.

   After this year, we will no longer be initiating and organizing our own events, including our flagship retreat, "The Living Energy of Needs."

   Over the past eleven years, we have experienced tremendous
joy and growth in working together.  At this point, we are all fully stretched with our own independent work and this leaves precious little time and energy to continue scheduling, planning, organizing and hosting NVCTI retreats.

   We want to spend our time directly sharing our work with others.

   Having said all of this, feel free to contact us if you would like to invite one or more trainers to facilitate a training that you organize and host.

  Empathy Mill If you have questions or already know that you want to invite one or more of us to facilitate a training, email us.

   We celebrate having been able to organize 35 successful NVC retreats since 2000, and deeply appreciate those of you who have been with us to share this journey.

   If you want to experience one of our grand finale NVC Training Institute trainings, please join us:


1)   Living Energy of Needs:
  �  June 30 - July 7, 2012 in Colorado, USA

2)  European NVC Train-the-Trainer
    November 9-16, 2012 in Gloucestershire, U.K.

  Please see below for details about these events, or contact us if you have any questions.  We hope to see you at one of these events for our grand finale!

Accessing the richness and authenticity of life with in-depth NVC

  Our flagship, "Living Energy of Needs" retreat helps people to access their inner resources and to live from a deeper dimension of needs.

A group from the Living Energy of Needs in 2010 in the U.S. 
A group from the Living Energy of Needs
in October 2011 in Switzerland

   We weave the experience of the living energy of needs throughout the training, as the core spiritual dimension from which we learn and live the NVC process. 
See complete details about this training.
    To support the most number of people in attending, we offer discounts for registering with other people, by the earlybird date (April 9), and Certified Trainers with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

   Join us to immerse yourself in NVC consciousness, renew and refresh your spirit, and connect with others who are seeking to live from this orientation to life.  All learning levels are supported, from beginner to advanced.

Our final "Living Energy of Needs" retreat:


June 30 - July 7, 2012 United States (Loveland, Colorado)  Complete details here...  

Sharing NVC in the Living Energy of Needs consciousness

NVCTI trainers 
Gina Lawrie (left) and Jeff
Brown (right), trainers for this
event along with Robert
Gonzales and Wes Taylor
    We invite you to join us for a seven-day retreat specially designed for Certified Trainers, Certified Trainer candidates, practice group leaders and anyone who incorporates NVC in their work a teacher, mediator, therapist, activist or consultant.

   At this retreat, you will learn how to:

  * Share NVC with others from "being" rather than "doing" NVC.

  * Effectively facilitate Living Energy of Needs practices, including "Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs" (our central practice)

  * Support and coach others using the NVC Dance Floors.

  * Integrate a range of facilitation approaches for use in a variety of groups.

  * Identify and transform your blocks from full connection with life energy.

  * Use somatic and kinesthetic practices to share NVC more effectively, and enhance your connection with life energy.   


   Please note:  This training is designed for people offering NVC training in formal or semi-formal settings such as trainings, introductions, practice groups or coaching.  We ask that each participant is familiar with the Living Energy of Needs approach to NVC.


Our final "NVC Train-the-Trainer" retreat: 


November 9-16, 2012:  United Kingdom (Lydney, Gloucestershire).   Complete details here...    


(please note a minor date change -- previously announced as 10-17 November 2012) 


Living Energy of Needs around the world!


  "New Depths:  A Journey of Integration and Transformation"

A yearlong program with three retreats: USA (Portland, Oregon)
June 10-17, 2012 ~ October 13-20, 2012 ~ March 1-8, 2013

Susan Skye 
Susan Skye is the creator and lead trainer for New Depths.
    As a result of the amazing breakthroughs in brain research, we now fully understand how we humans end up in patterns of pain and dissatisfaction, why relationships fail, why we suffer from upsets, addictions, anxiety, and depression.

   This opens up immense possibilities for human healing and happiness.

   New Depths is designed to give you the information and process work to clear unconscious emotional reactivity and negative thought patterns.

   This program will provide the map, the guidelines and, very importantly, a level of individual and group process work that is new to most, and transformational for all.
  Areas of emphasis include:
  • The Map of Human Well Being.
  • The Limbic Alarm System - how we get hijacked.
  • Working with Childhood Trauma.
  • Working with Addictive Behaviors.
  • Creating Internal Systems Integration and Partnership.
  • Deepening our Capacity for Intimacy - Emotional and Sexual.
    Join a free, 45-minute introductory call to this program on 9 February 2012  (5:30p PT / 8:30p ET)

For a complete description of New Depths, go here 

"Creating Workplaces Where People Thrive"

Successfully implementing needs-based systemic change in businesses and nonprofits   

Gregg Kendrick 
Gregg Kendrick, creator and lead trainer for this retreat.

    21-28 October 2012:  Germany (Oberstdorf)  

18-25 November 2012:  South Korea (Seoul)

   This is not your typical NVC workshop. Grounded in the "living energy of needs," this workshop offers a unique experience of NVC where you will experience both the gentleness of compassion and empathy AND the fierceness of purpose and clarity. We will introduce you to a new level of needs, the needs of the WE, which is the heart of any living organization. 


   This is also not your typical business workshop. The learning experience is rich with somatic/"whole body" exercises, percussion beats, creative expressions of your deepest potential, and daily rememberings. We want you to experience the "power" within "power-with" leadership.  


  Go here for more information about this training.



"NVC Dance Floors Festival"


 29 May - 3 June 2012:  North Norfolk Coast, UK 

Gina Lawrie
Gina Lawrie is a Certification Assessor with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

   Following the success of 2010's Festival, we invite you to join Gina and Shantigarbha for five days of experiencing the NVC Dance Floors at The Rainbow Mill on the North Norfolk coast (camping and B&B options available).


   The NVC Dance Floors provide a method for learning, practicing and teaching Nonviolent Communication that were co-created by Bridget Belgrave and Gina Lawrie. 


   Fees (including tuition, camping and all vegetarian meals) are on a sliding scale of �350 - �600. For details and booking, go here.



"Courageous Conversations"    

8-15 September 2012:  Malaga, Spain


   I am delighted to have been asked to offer a workshop at Cortijo Romero, the highly regarded centre for alternative holidays in Spain. So for a mixture of holiday, development and connection, come and join me.

   This workshop provides a route to understanding ourselves better, what gets in the way of the courageous conversations we want to have with others and indeed with ourselves, to bring about the changes we long for.   In addition, you will come away with some strategies for holding the conversations themselves.  More information here.   


See a complete list of Gina's 2012 workshops  here. 






Robert Gonzales 
Robert Gonzales
  Building the practices and processes of Living Compassion is a way of engaging in an alive practice of NVC -- every day, moment to moment.  It is a pathway to deeper compassion and clearer consciousness.  These processes, which Robert has refined over time, serve to deepen self-awareness, self-compassion and living compassionately in relationships.

The processes include: 
  • Deepening Awareness of the Beauty of Needs
  • Transforming the Pain of Unmet Needs into the Beauty of Needs
  • Compassionately Embracing/Transforming Core Beliefs
  • Preparing for an Authentic Dialogue

   This content will the foundation for each of Robert's upcoming
trainings listed below.  He will also be offering the 2-year LIFE Program for the first time in New Zealand beginning in 2013.  For more information about any of these events, go here


"Deepening into Living Compassion" ~ 4-7 May 2012:  Bar Harbor, Maine


"The Transformational Power of Compassion" ~ 10-13 May 2012:  Rowe, MA 


"Practices & Processes of Living Compassion" ~ 29 May - 3 June 2012:  Santa Cruz, CA 





The Future of Peace Starts Now:
Live in a Compassionate World for Five Days


 28 July - 1 August, 2012:  U.S. (Columbus, Ohio)   



Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown, Executive Director of Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio
   What are the qualities of a Compassionate World?

   How would it feel to live in this world?  How do you get there?

   In this retreat, we will provide a structure that will enable everyone present to explore these questions and create together the experience of living in a compassionate community.

   We will also teach usable skills and strategies that you can bring home to foster more peace, happiness and connection in your life.

   Together with Dian Killian (New York City) and Fran�ois Beausoleil (Quebec, Canada), we will help you bring home the skills to transform your family life, workplace and community.

   Learn more here (and take a brief survey to let us know what you think)

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Robert Gonzales, Susan Skye, Wes Taylor, Gregg Kendrick, Gina Lawrie and Jeff Brown